Originally posted by bill718
Hello- In looking back over the last few decades, I've made many errors in the way I've approached chess. i e. I played OTB tournaments in an attempt to escape some of my real life problems and played poorly as a result. Tried to memorize too many book openings and lost games because my tactics were weak. Took on too many games on RHP and had to resign many ...[text shortened]... er some things that you would do differently? May I could learn some things from all of you.
I see you are a non subscriber so you'll be limited to 6 games max.
Is that really too many?
Should you re subscribe and take on more games here are some suggestions.
Play games with a longish time frame.I only play 7:7 or longer and rarely have a clear board(i.e. no games awaiting my move).
Don't feel you have to move quickly.This way you just make mistakes.If you are not under time pressure -which you shouldn't be with 7:7 minimum, take your time.It doesn't matter if you are on line for an hour and only make a couple of moves if they are the right ones.
Use the analyse board feature.I often go back several moves and play through them to remind myself what I was doing.I then play what I think will be several possible continuations to my planned move on the analyse board before I go back to the main board and move.
CHECK ALL CHECKS -this is Greenpawns mantra -and it works.
Double check your move before you press the submit button -you may have missed something really obvious.
I shouldn't bother trying to remember book openings to any great degree.They're fine as long as your opponents delivers the correct response.If he doesn't what do you do then?
Find a couple of openings you are comfortable playing with both sides.You'll soon become familiar with the responses and potential problems.
Sorry to ramble on a bit .Hope this helps